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The Press Association telegraphs: Dr W. G. Grace, the famous cricketer, died on Saturday morning from heart failure at his residence. Fairmount,; Mottingham, Eltham,  Kent, ill the age of 67. Deceased played cricket for Gloucestershire for many years and represented England in the Australian matches on numerous occasions. He also formed the County of London XI. which played at the Crystal Palace. Dr. Grace was also the author of several works on cricket, his reminiscences being a  standard work.

South Wales Weekly Post 30/10/1915


Buried at Elmer's End Cemetery Beckenham
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 08:48:02 AM »

W.G. Grace
William Gilbert Grace.
Born on the 18th July 1848 at Downend, near Bristol.
Died on the 23rd October 1915 (aged 67) at Mottingham near Eltham, Kent
He is buried at Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery in Elmers End Rd, Beckenham, Ken


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 30 October 1915

DEATH OF DR. W. G. GRACE.

Dr. W.G. Grace, the famous cricketer,  died on Saturday morning from heat failure at his residence , Eltham, Kent, at the age of 67.  Mr. Grace's unexampled cricket career began practically in the season of 1864 when he played at Lords and The Oval as a lad of 16 for the South Wales Club.  In the following year he was chosen for the Gentleman -v- Players at The Oval and at Lords.  The "Grand Old Man" od cricket payed for the Gentlemen at Lords against the Players without a break from 1865 until 1899. He played his last match for the Gentleman against the Players at The Oval in 1906 scoring 74 on his 58th birthday.  Mr. Grace's greatest years as a batsman were 1871, 1873 and 1876.  The greatest part of his career had ended before the Australians paid their first visit to England in 1878 but he had a second career almost as famous as his former one.  He scored 152 for England at the Oval in September in the first England -v- Australia match in this country and he missed only one Test Match in England up t his final appearance for England at Nottingham in 1899.

Perhaps the greatest feat "W.G." ever performed in the cricket field was at Gravesend against Kent in 1895.  He was then nearly 47 years of age. He was on the field while every ball was bowled scoring 257 and 73 not out, after which he ran to the station carrying his bag, chased by a crowd of cheering youngsters.

The "Doctor" was captain of the Gloucestershire eleven from the formation of the county club in 1871 up to 1899, when he left Bristol to form the London County Club, which played at the Cristal Palace. If Mr. Grace had not been the most wonderful of batsmen he would have probably been the best of English slow bowlers.  Even as it was, he was for many years one of the most successful bowlers, taking hundreds of wickets. His best years in this respect were 1875 and 1877.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 08:59:40 AM »

For the amusement of those interested in cricket I have found the score card for the match at Gravesend mentioned in the above newspaper article.

I'm not going to transcribe the whole article - just the headline and score card.

Kent -v- Gloucestershire.

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 01 June 1895

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 09:46:53 AM »

It's also worthy of note that in this match Alec Hearne scored 155 and 22 not out as well as taking five wickets (a sixth was taken by his brother, George). Maybe its time for someone to start a topic concerning concerning the Hearne brothers - Alec, George and Frank - all of whom played cricket for both Kent and England.
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